- Created: Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:08
- Written by Elizabeth Danziger * WorkTalk Communications Consulting
The Internet was alive recently with people mocking the headline in the Eastern Oregonian, which touted the debut of an "amphibious pitcher." Of course, the headline writer did not mean that he can pitch both in water and on land; he or she meant that he pitches with both hands.
In other words, that he is ambidextrous.
In fairness, both words have the same prefix. Amphi- is Classical Greek for both; ambi- is Latin with the same meaning. But the roots are entirely different. Amphibious comes from amphi and bios, or life. In other words, living in both ways. Ambidextrous comes from ambi and dexter, or right. Meaning that both hands act like the right hand. But let's face it, the words are entirely different.